Mike Ribeiro, Predators forward, settles assault suit filed by ex-nanny
NHLer recently re-signed for 2 years with Nashville
Nashville Predators centre Mike Ribeiro and his wife have settled a lawsuit in which their nanny accused the player of sexual assault.
An arbitrator met July 6 for eight hours before settling the lawsuit. His report was entered Wednesday in the Eastern District of the U.S. District Court in Texas.
The settlement came an amended complaint was filed June 18 providing more details to her lawsuit. The complaint detailed allegations of an assault in August 2012 when the then-18-year-old woman helped the Ribeiro family settle into their new home in McLean, Va., after working as their babysitter for six years while he played for the Dallas Stars. She cited other instances where Ribeiro made her feel "extremely uncomfortable."
Attorney Brian Lauten of Dallas, who represents the Ribeiros, said in a statement that the lawsuit was "amicably resolved" but would not discuss the confidential settlement.
"Mike looks forward to continuing to play hockey at a high-level and looks forward to aggressively pursuing a Stanley Cup alongside his teammates," Lauten said. "The Ribeiro family will not have any further comments on this matter."
The settlement followed Ribeiro signing a two-year, $7 million US contract on the opening day of NHL free agency on July 1 after he ranked second on the team with 62 points in 82 games.
Predators general manager David Poile said earlier this month Ribeiro told team officials a lawsuit could be filed before Nashville signed him to a one-year contract last summer. Ribeiro was a free agent after the Coyotes bought out the final three years of a deal he signed in 2013.
The attorney representing the woman did not immediately return an email message from The Associated Press. Another attorney representing the woman said in March she did not immediately go to authorities because she was terrified.
The AP is not naming the woman because it does not generally identify people who say they are victims of sexual abuse.